Memory banking: A life story intervention for aging preparation and mental health promotion

Faika Zanjani, Brian G. Downer, Amy F. Hosier, John D. Watkins

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the feasibility of Memory Banking (MB), a life story development intervention within the context of aging preparation. Individuals participate in MB to strategically document and share their life story, including mapping out future dreams, aspirations, plans, and decisions. Method: Data (2010-2012) from eight MB workshops were examined to determine the impact of the intervention on mental health, social support, and quality of life. Results: Recruitment efforts resulted in n = 72 participants, primarily female (72%), White/Caucasian (93%), average age of 70 years. Data indicated intervention effects showing improvements in depression (p =.041), mood disturbance (p =.0067), and cognitive performance (p =.0045). Discussion: MB outcomes indicate that the intervention is promising and supports continued investigation and development in the area of life story development for aging preparation and improving late life mental health distress in a community setting. Future research is needed to examine the versatility and long-term effects of the MB intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-376
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Health awarded to Faika Zanjani (National Institute of Drug Abuse 5K01DA031764), Tom Curry (National Institute of Drug Abuse 5K12 DA014040), Health Education Through Extension Leadership (HEEL) center, which is supported by Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service / United States Department of Agriculture Federal Administration, and the Research Trust Challenge Grant awarded to the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2014.

Keywords

  • aging
  • brain exercise
  • communication
  • intervention
  • legacy
  • life story
  • mental health
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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